After sleeping in Amboise, we woke up early to beat the crowds to see one of the most visited French chateaux: Chenonceau.
Chenonceau is one of the highlights of the Loire Valley. The sixteenth century Renaissance palace arches over the Cher River and it is impeccably maintained.
Other chateaux were built for defensive purposes, but Chenonceau was built solely as a place of luxury and refinement.
Inside we saw the gorgeous chapel and some of the original surviving tiles along the edge of the floor in the guard room.
Looking out to the river from the Grand Gallery.
The state of the art (in the 1500s) kitchen down in the basement.
Pots and pans and a Fox.
All the flowers you see in the photos were real. The whole palace smelled lovely.
Art gallery above the Grand Gallery.
Such a cool building built all on the water. We loved it.
Crossing one of three moats on our way back to the parking area.